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B2B Marketing: 3 Components

Sean Parnell - Saturday, July 16, 2016

B2B Marketing: 3 ComponentsMarketing can seem very complicated but it doesn't have to be. Marketing is three things: strategy, inbound marketing and outbound marketing. Here they are explained along with critical success factors.

Strategy

Critical Success Factor: be holistic with goals – remember the 4 Ps of Marketing:

Critical Success Factor: be inclusive by grounding your strategy in reality by interviewing your internal team as well as key clients, channel partners, and vendors. An internal-only view may miss key client and channel requirements and is sometimes just plain wrong about certain things.

Critical Success Factor: you don't have a marketing plan if it's not written down and you'll want to share it with your team, revisit it quarterly and revise as appropriate.

Inbound Marketing

Critical Success Factor: Your website is your #1 form of promotion 72% of B2B buyers begin on Google. Your website also serves as your 24/7 sales rep and, if it's not the first impression of your company, it's probably the second.

Critical Success Factor: effective B2B websites generate leads. Websites are effective when they adhere to best practices in six key areas:

  1. Marketing Strategy
  2. Great Design
  3. Content is King
  4. SEO Best Practices
  5. Optimized User Experience
  6. The Right Technology

Outbound Marketing

Critical Success Factor: don't wait to be Googled – it's all about generating touchpoints:

  • Targeting: the more specific the better (less is more) – Innovaxis examples: dental plans doing their own paper claims processing and healthcare providers in the Southeast needing patient chart abstraction
  • Consistency: once a month for at least six months with a major review after three months – email, call, direct mail, repeat
  • Re-Purposing: share this content on social media and always, always, always make sure any social media post always links back to something on your website
  • Professionalism: whether email, direct mail or social media, you need to match your design language of your logo and website (branding)
  • Follow-Up: email will not work by itself and field sales reps don't want to follow up email campaigns – have an inside rep or someone else really good on the phone follow up every email open and direct mail recipient within 24 hours of delivery

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